HIV suspect unknown to health authorities

Efforts are under way to determine the extent of the ...

Efforts are under way to determine the extent of the possible infection among women in Iceland. Photo: AFP

The man currently held in custody by Icelandic police on suspicion of having infected women with HIV had not duly submitted a medical certificate and was not known to medical authorities until recently.

According to Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV, the individual in question – now known to be an asylum seeker of Nigerian nationality – has been in Iceland since August 2014.

According to epidemiologist Haraldur Briem, all those applying for residence in Iceland, including asylum seekers, must submit a medical certificate. As previously reported by Iceland Monitor, asylum seekers should be summoned for a medical examination 1-5 days after applying for asylum.

The detained man claims not to have known that he was HIV+. Efforts are under way to determine the extent of the possible infection among women in Iceland.

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